The Red Sox have had discussions with David Ortiz’s agent

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David Ortiz accepted arbitration, so we’ve already established what he’s going to be this year (the Red Sox’ DH), now we’re just negotiating the price.  To that end, Brian MacPherson of the Providence Journal reports that the Red Sox had discussions with Ortiz’ agent yesterday.

One would think that he’s going to get a two-year deal between $25-30 million, perhaps with incentives to get him there. That’s because he (a) made $12.5 million the past couple of years and likely won’t take a pay cut; and (b) if he does nothing and simply goes to arbitration he’ll make on the order of, what, $15 million? $16 million?

Ortiz has always been cranky about being in his last year of a deal. It just makes sense for both sides to lock him up for two years somehow.

Padres may have more interest in Dallas Keuchel than Bryce Harper

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An interesting tidbit today from The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, who noted that ongoing talks between agent Scott Boras and the Padres have focused more on starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel than slugger Bryce Harper. Earlier this week, there were conflicting reports on the Padres’ level of interest in Harper — MLB Network’s Jon Heyman heard the club had not ruled out another big signing after getting Manny Machado, while Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune talked to multiple sources who believed otherwise — but any agreement between the two is looking unlikelier by the day.

As for Keuchel, Rosenthal cautions that a potential deal is still a “longshot,” especially as the team has other, cheaper options in mind. The 31-year-old southpaw turned down a qualifying offer from the Astros last year and is likely angling for something north of the five-year, $90 million contract extension he rejected from the club in 2016. He’s coming off of another solid performance in Houston, where he went 12-11 in 34 starts with a 3.74 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, 6.7 SO/9, and 3.6 fWAR through 204 2/3 innings in 2018.

While Keuchel has failed to garner substantial interest around the league this offseason, Heyman points out that the Phillies are looking to establish themselves as frontrunners for the lefty — and they’re far less likely to have hang-ups about his asking price, too.